Indonesia Volcano Erupts — Mount Rokatenda in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted early on Saturday morning and five peopl were killed by lava flow.
There are thousands people evacuated as Mount Rokatenda in East Nusa Tengarra province shoots smoke and ash 2km into air.
Rokatenda has been on high alert since October, with authorities banning people from any activities within three kilometres from the crater on the island of around 7,000 inhabitants.
According to the Jakarta Post report, the euption took place at 4:27 a.m. local time and aside from spewing hot ash, it also discharged hot lava, which flowed from Woje Wubi to Punge beach in Rokirole village.
“Only three of the five bodies have been recovered and the other two have not been accounted for,” Marten said, adding that search activities by the evacuation team were hindered by the hot lava.
Mount Rokatenda, on the island of Palue, sent huge clouds of red-hot ash and rocks two kilometres into the air on Saturday, vulcanology centre head Surono said.
“There are six victims who were engulfed in hot lava,” Johanes Berchmans, head of the disaster management agency in Sikka district, said.
“They were swept away by hot lava when they were asleep on Punge beach.”
Three adults aged between 58 and 69 were found dead while three children aged between five and eight were also killed, though their bodies had not yet been recovered, he said.
Surono said rescue efforts were difficult “because the area is still very hot”.
Mount Rokatenda has been showing signs of increased volcanic activity since October, with authorities banning people from any activities within three kilometres of its crater.
Some 2,000 people had previously been evacuated from the island due to the volcanic activity leaving around 8,000 before Saturday’s eruption, Mr Berchmans said.
Mount Rokatenda is one of about 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands that is home to some 240 million people.